"Baltimore, tarnished by riots, tries to rebuild its economic image"

Congratulations, to Robert L. Wallace, President & CEO, BITHGroup Technologies, Inc. on Fortune magazine article entitled “Baltimore, tarnished by riots, tries to rebuild its economic image” which features his leadership and the economic challenges and successes of the BITHGroup.


Pepco/Exelon Merger Denial by the DC Public Service Commission “Shuts Door of Opportunities” to Diverse Businesses and the Community

Washington, DC) — The decision by the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia Wednesday, August 25 to deny the Pepco/Exelon merger is a devastating blow to the minority business community and residents in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. “Economic growth is vital to this region’s economy. Minority businesses significantly contribute financial support to the community. We create jobs, provide training to employees, and are a source of substantial income for vendors,” says Dr. Sheila Brooks, president of The Presidents’ RoundTable, an organization of African American entrepreneurs which oversees and controls assets exceeding $1.1 billion and employs more than 1750 workers in the Washington, DC metro area. Dr. Brooks, also a business owner for 25 years in Washington, D.C. adds, “As business leaders, we believe the community has suffered a substantial financial loss to the future and betterment of the community”.

Exelon has a longstanding commitment to supplier diversity. Minority suppliers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area have experienced significant growth and have become more competitive in the region since the Exelon/BGE merger two years ago. At a time when there was doubt and uncertainty in the Baltimore community, minority entrepreneurs agree that the Exelon/BGE merger created excitement and has helped turn the economy around. BGE’s approval rating increased. Power outages are down and customers have more reliable service. Member businesses of The Presidents’ RoundTable, its employees, community residents, and others have had a real impact on this region’s economy.

Should Exelon/Pepco appeal the decision within the required 30 days, the organization’s members are hopeful the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia reconsiders its decision and approves the merger.

Congratulations to Sheila Brooks, President – Srb Communications and BGE for Winning the Greater Baltimore Committee 2014 ‘bridging the Gap’ Achievement Award

The Greater Baltimore Committee Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards were presented on Monday, December 8, 2014 at the Grand Historic Venue, Baltimore, MD with featured remarks by Calvin G. Butler, Jr., CEO, BGE.

Congratulations to all the award winners. The Award Categories and winners are included below:

Minority-Owned/Woman-Owned Business Outstanding Achievement – corporations or individuals that have demonstrated achievement

Devaney & Associates – Diane Devany
Juxtopia, LLC – Dr. Jayfus Doswell
Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc. – Richard Jones
Richman Associates, LLC – Elaine Richman
Sue Ann’s Office Supply – Beverly Williams
Urban Policy Development – Douglas Austin


Majority-Owned Business or Business Leader Demonstrating Inclusive Business Practices

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center


Successful Partnerships or Strategic Alliances

Black Classic Press, Inc. and Pearson
SRB Communications and BGE
Turner Construction Company and Cain Contracting and Essex Construction

Calvin Butler Receives “Corporate Executive of the Year Trailblazer Award” from The Presidents’ RoundTable and PRT Reach Foundation

BALTIMORE (Nov. 7, 2014) — BGE Chief Executive Officer Calvin G. Butler Jr., was recognized for his support of regional minority and women-owned businesses by The Presidents’ RoundTable (PRT), an organization of African American entrepreneurs in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. region. The PRT, in conjunction with the organization’s charitable arm, the PRT Reach Foundation, presented Butler with the “Corporate Executive Trailblazer Award” at the organization’s annual scholarship award ceremony in Baltimore.

Butler was cited for his role in the development of the “Focus 25” program at BGE, an initiative to build the pool of diverse business partners for BGE by providing minority, women and veteran-owned businesses an in-depth overview of the company’s business processes along with access to company executives for insight on how to be a successful partner.

“Calvin Butler exemplifies the vision and mission of The Presidents’ RoundTable, to create opportunities and partnerships for success, growth and sustainability for diverse suppliers,” said Sheila Brooks, Founder, President and CEO of SRB Communications, LLC, who also serves as the president of PRT. “We are proud to honor Calvin for his accomplishments and achievements, in particular, his relentless commitment to support minority businesses that contribute to the economic vitality of the state of Maryland and our communities.”

Butler accepted the Trailblazer award on behalf of BGE. “We have been working hard to ensure we build fruitful partnerships across all segments of BGE’s customer base,” said Butler. “This recognition from The Presidents’ RoundTable, an organization committed to business growth and community development, is very meaningful to me and to BGE. It inspires us to continue strengthening our partnerships in ways that can benefit our entire region.”

BGE was also recently named the “Corporation of the Year” by the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council for the increase in the number of diverse suppliers in its procurement program as well as the overall dollars spent with these suppliers.

For more information on BGE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, visit bge.com.

Sheila Brooks, President, The Presidents’ RoundTable, Inc. participated in Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown Roundtable discussion on the importance of raising the minimum wage on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in Annapolis, MD

“As an entrepreneur and long-time advocate for women-and minority-owned businesses, I know that raising Maryland’s minimum wage will strengthen our businesses and our economy,” said Sheila Brooks, CEO of SRB Communications. “The O’Malley-Brown Administration is taking the right approach: bringing people together and fighting to raise the minimum wage so that more women in Maryland have a chance to thrive and succeed.”

The Maryland General Assembly approved the minimum wage bill Monday, April 7 and it’s expected to be signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley, raising Maryland’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour by 2018.

PRT and the Fair Wage Initiative – The Presidents’ RoundTable shows support for raising the minimum wage in Maryland

With minimum wage standing as a hot button issue for the nation as a whole and for individual states, The Presidents’ RoundTable (PRT) and Maryland Delegate Aisha N. Braveboy joined together to hold a press conference in Annapolis, Maryland prior to the Maryland House Committee Hearing on February 11 to show their full support of President Obama’s $10.10 Minimum Wage Initiative. Just as important, The Presidents’ RoundTable was there to support the Maryland HB187 Initiative, sponsored by Delegate Braveboy, and supported by 72 other members of the House of Delegates, and HB295, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s initiative.

Sheila Brooks, President of The Presidents’ RoundTable gave her testimony before the Maryland General Assembly during a jam packed House Committee Hearing, where more than 100 business owners, community leaders, politicians and workers showed up to be heard.

Brooks expressed the importance of raising the minimum wage, and why PRT supports the three initiatives. “Maryland has followed the federal minimum wage of $7.25 since 2006 even though inflation and cost of living increases have reduced its purchasing power. Let me be clear; this is not a political issue. This is a human rights issue,” Brooks said during her testimony. She also told legislators that PRT will be leading the way, agreeing to pay all of the more than 1200 employees comprised of 19 PRT companies the minimum wage of $10.10 an hour by 2015.